Hospital Experience event review - Sunshine Hospital
Checking vital signs, performing CPR, assessing teeth and a behind the scenes hospital tour was all on the cards for students who attended this exciting and engaging one day event.
26 June 2013
LEAP into... Health was extremely grateful to the Sunshine Hospital for hosting our first Hospital Experience of 2013. The 63 attending school students from Catholic Regional College, St Albans; Copperfield College; Springside P-9 College and Sunshine College gained a unique hands on experience in a real hospital setting.
Students spent time in the teaching facilities of Victoria University and the University of Melbourne which are both based in the hospital. These facilities provided an excellent space for students to interact and discover what the Health profession has to offer.
A key part of the event was the high level of interaction the school students had with current university students from the University of Melbourne, Victoria University and the Australian Catholic University. Listening to and learning from these trainee Oral Health Practitioners, Paramedics, Nurses and Doctors was a real highlight - they spoke about their studies and their learner journey to their current studies.
Of the school students attending, 97% agreed that the event increased their knowledge of the different jobs in the health profession. 81% agreed they now had a greater interest in a career in the Health professions. When asked if they had an improved understanding of what studying at university involves, 90% agreed.
Students attending valued the opportunity to learn about options and pathways to the Health profession, with 93% agreeing. Students attending the day commented:
"The most important thing is that not everyone realises how many jobs there are in the hospital and in health professions. "
"There is more than one pathway that you can go in the career that you want."
"Uni can be fun and has more freedom. The health profession will not be boring."
A highlight of the day was going on a behind the scenes tour of the hospital, led by medical students.
Following an imaginary patient's progress, from the Emergency Department right through to admission into a Ward, gave students a real insight into all the different Health professions involved in patient care and an understanding of the high level of teamwork required.
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